‘Black Adam’ Rocks the Box Office With $26.8 Million Opening Day, ‘Ticket to Paradise’ Landing in Second

The hierarchy of power at the box office is about to change. Warner Bros.’ “Black Adam” looks to claim the top spot on domestic charts, ahead of fellow new release “Ticket to Paradise.”

The Dwayne Johnson vehicle landed a $26.8 million opening day, including $7.6 million in Thursday previews. The DC Comics adaptation is debuting 4,402 locations in North America.

Some competitors are projecting the DC Comics adaptation will gross $62.2 million in its opening weekend, which would mark the first wide release to debut above $50 million since Disney’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” bowed to $144 million in July. Moviegoing has largely slowed down since the auspiciously busy summer season and theaters have been clamoring for a new movie to shock up some foot traffic like “Black Adam” is.

With a $195 million production budget, box office success is required to turn a profit.

Produced by New Line Cinema, Seven Bucks Productions, Flynn Picture Company and DC Films, “Black Adam” follows a godlike being who reawakens after 5,000 years and is really pissed off. The Justice Society of America tries to soothe his temper. Along with Johnson’s anti-hero, the film’s lineup of heroes also features Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher and Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone.

“Black Adam” has received largely dismissive reviews, with Variety‘s Peter Debruge writing that “the surprisingly serious-minded (but still plenty pulpy) project deprives Johnson of his greatest superpower — his sense of humor — while giving the now-straight-faced star a chance to play a character with some interesting contradictions.”

“Ticket to Paradise,” on the other hand, is a rom-com starring Roberts and Clooney as two exes who are forced to reconcile when they find out their daughter (Kaitlyn Dever) plans to marry someone she just met. It’s already been a hit overseas, earning $72.6 million so far.

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